Hello all, just looking for some advice.
I have this pretty crappy bike that is around 2yrs old and has been left out in the rain for almost all of those 2yrs. I think it was only around $100 when I bought it so it is no great loss, but I was wondering if anyone could take a look at some of these pictures (below) and tell me what you think.
I am trying to get into cycling (everyone I know thinks I'm crazy), and I am a little nervous about riding this bike. It has given me some problems in the past (brakes are a little weird, and the handlebars want to turn. I finally got a metric hex wrench to fix that though. The gear shifting function is also completely stuck. The gear it is in right now works fine, but if I try to change it to anything else it makes a really bad noise.) It's just I don't have the money to get what everyone here seems to consider a beginning bike ($200+).
So ultimately, would it even be worth it to try and repair this bike? I want to eventually get a new or used bike (either road or a hybrid), but I am trying to loose some weight on this one first to better pick out a new bike.
Fullsize pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/mambodestroyer/Bike_Rusty